Use Jam to Make Any Booze Morning-Appropriate

Photo: Claire Lower
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Jam is a constant on most breakfast tables, but one usually finds it on toast, not in cocktails. Beyond boosting your bread and butter, really good fruit preserves can sweeten and mellow almost any cocktail, giving it a friendly, welcoming vibe that’s perfect for a.m.-imbibing.

I’ve used jam in gin-, vodka-, and cognac-based beverages and each time I’ve thought “I could drink this for breakfast.” I’ve also yet to find a preserve that doesn’t work in a cocktail format (though mango was a fave). It’s a mix-and-match beverage that lets you switch out both booze and fruit, with the ratios staying the same. Besides jam and spirit, the only other ingredient you need is lemon juice. (I’m particularly excited to try orange marmalade and tequila.) To make this jammy delight, you will need:

  • 2 ounces of spirit
  • 3 tablespoons of high-quality jam or preserves
  • 1/2-1 ounce of fresh lemon juice (depending on how acidic your jam is)

Combine everything in a shaker filled with ice and shake until it becomes uncomfortably cold. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a coupe glass or a lowball filled with crushed ice (depending on your mood), and enjoy with your morning toast.

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